Building Your Emotional Resilience
As the school year begins with remote learning for many students and parents; it is a good time for a mental check in. How we face these challenges helps shape who we are in almost every aspect of our life.
If you’re like me, a parent working from home, with children adapting again to online learning instead of in-person instruction, it creates anxiety and concerns. How we deal with these emotions will either create a healthy balance or knock us down a bit.
More resilient people have the ability to “roll with the punches” and adapt to adversity, while less resilient people have a harder time with stress and life changes. So, which are you? Most likely a mix of both.
What can we do help us cope and build our Emotional Resilience? Here are some Daily Practices that help me balance work, three kids, and family responsibilities:
- Journaling: I find writing down my feelings or what went on in my day and my responses to it help me better cope for the next day.
- Acceptance: I know we’ve all heard the saying, accept the things you cannot change, have the courage to change the things you can, and have the wisdom to know the difference.
- Self-Care: take care of yourself first. Make yourself a priority, so you can be there for others.
- Gratitude: Be thankful- find something, even the littlest thing, to be thankful for each day.
- Ask for Help: This is key for me and I remind my children of this often!
- Don’t Isolate: During this time it’s important to take precaution, but you can still find ways to connect without isolation.
- Learn from Your Mistakes: Making mistakes means you’re willing to take risks, the trick is to learn to not make them again!
- Move your Body: This is something I do everyday without fail.
- Find Humor: During times of stress and hardship it’s easy to be negative; find something that makes you smile.
I hope some of these strategies inspire you to strengthen and build your emotional resilience!
Shannon Hazard, Relevé Senior Program Manager, and mom to an 11th grader, 9th grader and 7th grader all beginning school this week!